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The City of Birmingham Police Band
Conducted by Richard Wassell
From Birmingham

The Overture was one of Bizet's early successes.
It was first performed in 1874, when France was still bowed down by misfortune and any call to patriotism thrilled in her heart. The Homeland was originally scored for a large Orchestra, with much use of Brass and Percussion. The melodies are vigorous and tender by turns, and the instrumental colouring is vivid.
The Symphony (which gets its title from the 'tick-tock' rhythm of the theme of its Slow Movement) is a genial affair all through. The Last Movement, though it keeps up the general vivacity of the Symphony, is rather more solid in style than the rest. It is a dissertation on the text which is given out in harmony at the start. This crops up, with varied matter intervening, several times, until it is finally used as the foundation for a fugue.
After a short but exceedingly lively chase, the tune is given out in grandiose style by the Full Band and a general rampage brings us to the end of the day's sport in great good humour.

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Musicians:
The City of Birmingham Police Band
Conductor:
Richard Wassell

5GB Daventry (Experimental)

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